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Niklas Luhmann

Education as a Social System

  • Claudio Baraldi
  • Giancarlo Corsi

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Education book series (BRIEFSEDUCAT)

Also part of the SpringerBriefs on Key Thinkers in Education book sub series (BRIEFSKEY)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Claudio Baraldi, Giancarlo Corsi
    Pages 1-4
  3. Claudio Baraldi, Giancarlo Corsi
    Pages 5-9
  4. Claudio Baraldi, Giancarlo Corsi
    Pages 11-36
  5. Claudio Baraldi, Giancarlo Corsi
    Pages 37-59
  6. Claudio Baraldi, Giancarlo Corsi
    Pages 61-83
  7. Claudio Baraldi, Giancarlo Corsi
    Pages 85-101
  8. Claudio Baraldi, Giancarlo Corsi
    Pages 103-111
  9. Claudio Baraldi, Giancarlo Corsi
    Pages 113-122
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 123-127

About this book

Introduction

This book provides an insight into the ideas of one of the world’s greatest sociologists: Niklas Luhmann. It explains, in clear and concise language, the basic concepts of Social Systems Theory and their application to the specific case of the Education System, which was considered by Luhmann as a primary subsystem of modern society. It illustrates  the complex and sophisticated thinking that characterises Luhmann’s work and explains that Luhmann’s theory has given an important and original contribution to the study of education from a sociological point of view. His contribution has some resonance in recent social constructionist and relational approaches to education, as well as in studies of educational interaction. In addition, research methodologies, in particular mixed methods strategies, draw heavily on epistemological issues. The book finally argues that educationists can appreciate the extent of Luhmann’s contribution to the field of education, although their perspective cannot be fully harmonised with, nor reduced to, the sociological one. This divergence of perspectives can stimulate pedagogy to call into question its conceptual framework as well its approach to social situations in the classroom.

Keywords

Bildung Classroom interactions Communication theory Constructivism Education reform Education system Educational communication Functional differentiation Reflection Self-organisation Social systems Sociology of education

Authors and affiliations

  • Claudio Baraldi
    • 1
  • Giancarlo Corsi
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Stud on Lang. and CultureUniversity of Modena and Reggio Emilia Department of Stud on Lang. and CultureModenaItaly
  2. 2.Department of Communication and EconomicUniversity of Modena and Reggio Emilia Department of Communication and EconomicReggio EmiliaItaly

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49975-8
  • Copyright Information The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-49973-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-49975-8
  • Series Print ISSN 2211-1921
  • Series Online ISSN 2211-193X
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